Earlham College Visual and Performing ArtsRichmond, Indiana

The Earlham College Center for the Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is the new home of the arts at Earlham, bringing studio arts, theater and music under one roof.

Pending LEED Gold Certification, this state-of-the-art facility features a generous amount of natural light, and welcoming social spaces created through the use of large glass windows. Browning Day’s design of the landscape architecture includes a versatile central arts plaza that doubles as an outdoor performance venue. Programmed spaces include a modern music rehearsal and recital hall with seating for an audience of 270, a dedicated rehearsal room for Earlham’s unique Javanese gamelan, editing facilities for computer music, and a new black box performance space that serves as a laboratory for every aspect of theatrical performance. The design team utilized a “triple-duty” wall construction strategy whereby solidly-grouted concrete masonry unit mass walls improve acoustic performance, offer thermal mass to the building envelope, and provide shear strength to the building structure. The building features occupancy and photocell sensors that compliment a whole-building control package. Site plantings and softscape were selected to be native, durable and minimally-irrigated. The outdoor “amphitheater” created between Runyan Center and CVPA is a multi-purpose space for impromptu and seasonal performances, shows, and rehearsals, showcasing the talent of students and faculty.

Browning Day provided Landscape Architecture, Sustainability, Building Facade Research & Detailing and Construction Administration services to Boora Architects.